Rise & Remember is a yearly event that exists to remember those who have been lost unjustly and to gather people together to rise to the occasion to pursue racial justice. Our vision is to host an annual global festival that fosters community and builds racial equity.

Rise and Remember 2022

Laura Stevens, George Floyd's Aunt sings a gospel song at Rise and Remember 2021.

We Will Heal Us.

Join us in Minneapolis, MN from May 25-28, 2022 to commemorate the angelversary of George Floyd's death, to remember those we have lost to police violence, and to honor their families who continue to push for change. 

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://www.mnhs.org/millcity/visit/directions

Tickets for the GFGM Gala are now sold out.

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)


Angelversary Candlelight Vigil

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ George Floyd Square

Join the Caretakers at George Floyd Square for a memorable candlelight vigil to commemorate the 2-year angelversary of George Floyd's death. The event will be held from 8:00-9:00 PM and begin at the Say Their Names Memorial (E 37th Street and Columbus Avenue S). You may bring your own candle. Additional candles will be provided.

Night of Honor: Impacted Families Honoring the Movement

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ Aloft Hotel

Two years ago on May 26, 2020, the people in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas rose up to protest police violence against Black lives. The people launched the largest protest the world has ever seen. Many protesters, activists, and residents continue to take a stand to support several families who have suffered the trauma of a modern-day lynching of their loved one. This gathering will start at 5:30 PM. Hosted by Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence,  it will be a special night to honor the people who have been boots on the ground. 

Address: 900 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

George Floyd Global Memorial Gala 

Friday, May 27, 2022 @ Mill City Museum

The George Floyd Global Memorial will host its first gala to invite new partners to be in community with us as we trailblaze a new path for remembering our collective stories. Join us at Mill City Museum where "Documenting a Reckoning: The Murder of George Floyd" is currently exhibited. Doors open at 6:00 PM with  a book signing of Angela Harrelson's newly published book: "Lift Your Voice." Dinner begins at 7:00 PM with a special GFGM presentation and concert!

Rise & Remember Festival 

Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ George Floyd Square

This event brings together community for live art performances, food, a self-care fair, a kids zone, vendors, and a live concert. This year, the concert will feature the Minnesota Chorale accompanied by a string quartet from the Minnesota Orchestra to perform Joel Thompson’s nationally acclaimed composition “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.”

9:00 AM Kids Sports Zone with Howard University at Phelps Field Park

1:00 PM The People's Stage with DJ Digie, Self-care fair, live performances, art exhibitions, local food trucks, musical street performances, a kids zone, and more!

5:00 PM Live concert featuring the Minnesota Chorale accompanied by a strings quartet from the Minnesota Orchestra, performing "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" by Joel Thompson.

Rise & Remember Daytime Events



The People’s Way

Chicago Ave 

38th Street

Say Their Names Cemetery

Phelps Field Park


Self-Care Fair

Free Concert

Kids Sports Zone

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Self-Care Fair

May 28, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by United Healthcare, the Self-Care Fair is an offering of the Restorative Wellness Response Project (RWRP). RWRP is a collaboration between community members, Racial Agency Initiative, and Northwestern Health Sciences University to respond to trauma that the Twin Cities community experienced after the killing of George Floyd in South Minneapolis. The project seeks to create opportunities for community conversation, healing, and self-care. 

Free Wellness Offerings

LOCATION: 3700 Block of Chicago


May 28, 2022, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Attend a free community concert designed to honor impacted families of police violence. This dynamic conert won't be one to miss as it features local voices like KNOWN Mpls, the Minnesota Chorale accompanied by a Minnesota Orchestra quintet, and the musical group 29:11 joining us from South Africa!

LOCATION:  Main Stage 

Kids Sports Zone

May 28, 2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Howard University Football and Basketball Coaches and Players at the Kids Sports Zone at Phelps Field Park. This event is designed to bring children from the community and the greater Minneapolis area together to connect with one another while playing sports. We will offer sports programming such as basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, and other fun activities. The event will also provide the children an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate George Floyd’s life. Our hope is that the children will gain important life and wellness skills such as working together in groups and sportsmanship.

LOCATION: Phelps Field Park

Food Trucks

The People's Stage


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Food Trucks

May 28, 2022, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bringing a diversity of options from Minneapolis, Rise and Remember is excited to support local black-owned food trucks. Enjoy meals from the following options: 

LOCATION: E 38th Street 

The People's Stage

May 28, 2022, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us with DJ Digie and Families Suporting Families Against Police Violence (FSFAPV) at the People's stage in the heart of George Floyd Square! Where the streets become the stage, this accessible artistry will bring you music, a fashion show, the voices of impacted families, and inspirational wellness conversations to help us pursue our theme of "We Will Heal Us."

LOCATION:  The People's Stage (People's Way)

Art Exhibits

May 28, 2022, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Memorialize the Movement: In addition to the offering installations that continue to protest in defense of black lives at George Floyd Square, Memorialize the Movement returns to install 20 boards from the 2020 Uprising that tell stories of people who were processing the movement through art in the moment.

LOCATION: 3700 Block of Chicago

Minnesota African American History Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG): Quilting can be more than just an artform. It can be healing, restorative, and give voice in the pursuit of justice. Join MAAHMG in making quilt squares that will be combined with the storie of others to create a unique quilt. 

LOCATION: Say Their Names (E 37th Street & Columbus Ave - renamed locally as "Little Crow")

Kids Zone

Organizers' Lounge

Mutual Aid

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Kids Zone

May 28, 2022, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We love our kids. That's why a special place is being create for kids to be able to engage, play, and be fully present with each other. This space will hold kid-centered activities including a bounce house, dunk tank, food, fire truck, and more!

LOCATION: E 38th Street 

The Organizer's Lounge

May 28, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

New! This year, Rise & Remember is adding an Organizer's Lounge with the support of Black Visions. This will be a dedicated space for people to gather, network, and learn from each other on effective community organizing. This space will integrate formal and informal dialogue opportunities for local residents and travelers alike! 

LOCATION:  E 38th Street

Mutual Aid

May 28, 2022, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hosted by the People's Closet, free clothing will be available for families to pick-up to clothe their loved ones. From dressy clothes to baby clothes, come and fill your closet with clothes that provide dignity and justice for all!

LOCATION: E 38th Street





Rise and Remember photos by Chasing Joy Photography and  SBH Photography unless otherwise noted.